The courage of a local girl who was airlifted to an intensive care unit after being diagnosed with cancer has been recognised with a unique award.
Two-year-old Lacey Miller was nominated for a Cancer Research UK Little Star Award by her mum who wanted to do something to recognise how brave the youngster had been throughout treatment for leukaemia.
Lacey’s family is now backing the Cancer Research UK Little Stars Awards campaign, urging the public to support the charity to raise funds to help improve survival rates among children further.
Relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors from across the North-east are also being urged to nominate children for special recognition in the run up to Christmas.
The annual Little Star Awards, in partnership with brands-for-less retailer TK Maxx, celebrate the courage of all children who confront cancer, are backed by a host of famous faces including JLS and Mo Farah.
Lacey’s mum Claire Bruce, 24, of Fraserburgh, said: “We feel really lucky that Lacey has come through the other side of her treatment which is why we wanted to support this year’s Little Star Awards.
“Cancer Research UK scientists are working hard to come up with better and kinder treatments for youngsters with this awful disease. We hope the public will join us to support Little Stars and help the charity raise the money it needs for lifesaving research.”
Lacey was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when she was just seven-months-old.
It was the culmination of a catalogue of health problems which saw Lacey first admitted to hospital when she was just four weeks old with breathing difficulties.
Claire, who works in her parents’ chip shop in Fraserburgh, said: “Seeing Lacey so unwell was just awful. As soon as she was diagnosed, she was put on a ventilator and sedated so she could be airlifted to Glasgow.
“The next time we saw her after we drove down, she was in paediatric intensive care and there were drips and machines attached all over her body.”
Claire and Michael, a builder, remained with Lacey at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill for the next month as she received her first round of chemotherapy.
Since then, Lacey has gone from strength to strength. And although she still experiences breathing difficulties, she is now able to attend nursery for six hours a week.
Claire said: “Lacey is so special and totally deserves this award. She was so brave during her treatment and it was her smile that kept me and her dad going through what was such a difficult time.
“Lacey has gone through so much so young, and I hope she doesn’t remember it. But I do hope she’ll treasure her Little Star Award and it always makes her feel special.”
To nominate a Little Star visit cruk.org/littlestar.
To donate to Cancer Research UK’s work into children’s cancers text ‘STAR58 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 from your phone bill. Text donations are free from any network and 100% of the donation will go to the charity.